Is a full 41 megapixel Pureview Lumia phone on the way?


All the way back in April 2012 this design leaked from China, depicting a Nokia Lumia with 41 megapixel Pureview camera.

Looking back now, it is of note that the design even then featured the new Windows Phone flag, I think validating the design as real rather than a fan mockup.

In the end Nokia delivered the Nokia Lumia 920, a 8.7 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization.  Damian Dinning explained that suspending the large 41 megapixel sensor on springs to allow Optical Image Stabilization is “1 hell of a challenge”.

Now in a recent interview Kevin Shields, a Nokia Senior Vice President, has suggested that this may be a challenge Nokia’s engineers are up to, saying when asked if a Pureview with 41 Megapixel and OIS is coming:

Stay tuned. Getting a sensor the size of the one in the 808 suspended using this approach is going to take some really clever engineering. But, it’s a good thing we have some really clever engineers.

Phones of course take a pretty long time to move from design to production, and it is quite possible that even now a phone that combines the best of the 808 and 920 is in development in Nokia’s labs.

Of course as the render suggests it would still be a very specialist handset. Would any of our readers wait for such a handset, or are you ready to jump in now with the 920? Let us know below.